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The Hidden Dangers of DIY Teeth Straightening: 5 Facts about Smile Direct Club

For many of us, a do-it-yourself (DIY) project is satisfying:

  • The time and effort you put into the project make the results more valuable.

  • You get to use your creativity and your hands.

  • You’re not relying on someone else to do the work for you.

  • Sometimes, you even save money on the cost of the project.

When it comes to creating a new smile, however, DIY solutions like those provided by mail order companies like SmileDirectClub can be dangerous.

Our team at Mountain View Orthodontics wants you to know these 5 essential facts about DIY teeth straightening:

  1. DIY Solutions Like SmileDirectClub Don’t Address Serious Oral Health Issues. Orthodontists do more than improve the alignment of your teeth. Before beginning any straightening procedure, orthodontists perform a thorough examination of your teeth, jaw, and gums. An orthodontist will recommend treatment of cavities or gum disease first. Why pay to straighten your teeth if they’re not healthy?

  2. Your DIY Treatment Isn’t Supervised. After you receive your mail order alignment trays from companies like SmileDirect, you’re on your own during your treatment. If the process doesn’t work (or you develop tooth or gum problems), you’re still on your own. In contrast, you’ll have regular appointments when you have your smile corrected by an orthodontist. They have the education and experience to adjust your treatment plan to keep you on track to getting a great smile.

  3. DIY Companies Won’t Help You if the Alignment isn’t Right. Mail-order companies like SmileDirectClub will have you sign a consent form before treatment. The form waives their responsibility to help you if the teeth straightening process doesn't work. The Better Business Bureau has received thousands of complaints from consumers who struggled to get support from Smile Direct Club. When you partner with Mountain View Orthodontists, we make sure your bite is aligned, and your teeth are healthy.

  4. 36 States are Facing Concerns about DIY Teeth Straightening Companies. Dental boards across the U.S. are addressing complaints from orthodontists and dentists who argue that companies like SmileDirectClub are illegal. Laws about teledentistry (the DIY/mail-order approach) specify "that there must be a dentist involved and that dentist must give that level of supervision.” SmileDirectClub procedures don’t include dental supervision.

  5. DIY Alignment May Not be the Right Solution for You. Every patient interested in a new smile has a unique set of circumstances, and while aligners produce excellent results, some patients may need traditional braces. The team at Mountain View Orthodontics will talk with you about your options and recommend the approach that will work best for you.

We know how appealing DIY solutions can be, particularly when you like to work independently and need affordable results. Your smile – and your oral health - are too valuable to risk with DIY teeth straightening.

Call our office today to set up a time to talk with our team. At Mountain View Orthodontics in Roanoke, VA, we’re committed to delivering exceptional patient care and making sure your smile is beautiful and lasting.


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